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‘Saving the Past for the Future’

Hundreds of Mountain Area residents lined School Road and Crane Valley Road (426) Sept. 16, for the Heritage Day Parade, complete with siren-blaring fire engines, Smokey Bear, floats, Yosemite High Country, the Yosemite High marching band, vintage cars, and the Madera County Sheriff’s Department off-road motorcycle unit.

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Run for the Gold

With the smoke from the area fires clearing out, along with a bit cooler temperature, hundreds ventured outside to wander through custom and classic cars parked at the Oakhurst Community Park last Saturday.

KOMB

Plastic is forever

Did you know plastic never breaks down? The material, created from petroleum, even when recycled, still remains, and what doesn’t end up in landfills eventually ends up in the ocean.

Cathie Campbell

Ring around the onions

Since onion rings are on so many restaurant menus I think it is safe to assume I am not alone in my appreciation for those crispy treats. My favorites are the ones dipped in batter rather than bread crumbs. I like them fixed both ways but I prefer the batter dipped ones. They seem more evenly coated and in my experience, less likely to be burned or have the coating fall off. One thing I do not like about some of the onion rings I have ordered is when the actual onion inside has disintegrated into nothing but a thin, limp membrane. It’s like having a hollow onion ring. So, when I make them myself I am careful to slice off thick enough rings so they won’t disappear when fried or baked. I am a big fan of onions no matter how they are presented, and I used to eat a lot of Funyuns, too (that onion ring shaped and flavored crunchy snack by Frito-Lay). I say used to, because I have stopped eating most chips and other convenience store packaged snacks. That helped me lose almost 15 pounds so far, so I hope I can keep that up. Not that homemade onion rings are much higher on the health scale, but I need a treat once in a while. And if you thought you saw me buying several boxes of Girl Scout cookies this past spring, that was someone else. Sure, it was. On with the recipes now.

Cathie Campbell

Near-end of summer potluck desserts

Summer gets people together, many times in the form of picnics and potlucks. Even though a lot of folks have concluded their summer vacations, we still have quite a bit of summer left to enjoy. If you are looking for some good dessert recipes to make so you can bring a dish that people will gobble up, I hope you find something right here. One thing about potlucks, though, is that all too often people expect you to bring a dish you may be well known for, as in a specialty dish.

Cathie Campbell

Don’t put the grill away yet

Summer time is getting closer to the finish line, but there is still time, at least weather wise, to get outdoors and use that trusty barbecue grill. Most students are back in school, and many families have already had their camping vacations.

Living

McGurk Meadow, Taft Point and the Fissures make for captivating hikes in Yosemite

With water still flowing in Yosemite Falls at the end of July this year, any hike where those falls are in view is one to include on your list of summer treks. With a desire to hike where it was a bit cooler, friends, Betsy and Mark Blum, and I headed for McGurk Meadow along the Glacier Point Road and then took the trail to Taft Point and the Fissures, an 8.8 mile round trip hike with spectacular views.

Cathie Campbell

A sweet corn summer

This summer I have been eating a lot of corn on the cob, thanks to the ag department over at CSU Fresno’s farm market. Yes, I know that corn isn’t high up on the healthful foods list, but sometimes I just want to enjoy the best of what summer time offers, and that special corn tops that list.

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